I have a slight addiction to brussel sprouts, I am very disappointed that I didn’t discover these little morsels until college. I am always looking for new ways to incorporate them into my recipes. The other night I decided to attempt another “crap in a pan meal” which consists of me throwing some of my favorite ingredients together in a pan and hoping for the best. Luckily this attempt was a huge success and is now one of my favorite recipes.


for topping:vscocam-photo-1 (5)

for pasta:

  • 1 Box Gemelli Pasta
  • 3 T. Olive Oil
  • 1 T. Butter
  • 1 C. Powdered Parmesan Cheese


for pasta:

  1. Cook pasta according to box directions
  2. Heat butter and oil in a very large pan. (I used my Wok)
  3. Add pasta to pan and fry for about 5-10 minutes until it looks like the pasta is starting to crisp up.
  4. Add pasta to a large bowl, top with cheese and toss to coat.

for topping:vscocam-photo-3 (5)

  1. In a large cast iron skillet cook bacon.
  2. Remove bacon, chop then set aside.
  3. Cook the brussel sprouts in bacon grease until tender (about 5-7 minutes) DO NOT OVERCOOK, these should still be slightly firm.
  4. Add Kielbasa to pan and cook for about 2 minutes.
  5. Add in mushrooms and broth simmer for about 7 minutes until broth is reduced by about half.
  6. Whisk water and flavor boost together in a cup until combined.
  7. Stir flavor boost into pan to thicken sauce and simmer for additional 5 min.
  • Serve topping over pasta sprinkled with bacon and parm. cheese.
  • Enjoy!